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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-01 05:39
Subject: [personal] Various matters of the heart, mind and body
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Tags:books, calamity, child, food, personal, photos, science, sunspin, writing
Yesterday was a bit tough for me personally. Still adjusting to the new order of my life. Still, I got a lot done. The usual Day Jobbery. My lunch date canceled, so I crammed down wordage on Calamity of So Long a Life. After work I polished that off, made it to the post office and the grocery store, then hit the_child's basketball game.

They won in a blowout, 51-9. As they'd lost two weeks ago in a similar blowout, they certainly knew how the other team felt. It was interesting to watch the girls slow down their pace of play and stop driving to the basket once they'd established a dominant lead. Without luffing or giving anything away, they adapted to what the other team could handle. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

Also in matters parental, I am rather pleased to note that the_child is staying very much on top of her rather creative idea for a birthday present for her mother, who annualizes once more tomorrow.

Once the basketball game was over, I popped over to Hillsboro to the OMSI Science Pub to learn about epigenetics, plus hang out with some interesting people. Fascinating stuff, and the information will certainly find its way into my fiction. The speaker, Dr. Lisa Sardinia, was good enough that she made sense even to my liberal arts educated brain 25 years past its last classroom day.

Today, the usual workage, plus a Very Special Lunch (mmm, pimento cheese) and then the usual Tuesday writing at the Fireside Writers Group. Also, if I have time, which I might not, collating the various photo response to Sunday's challenge [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-02-01 13:45 (UTC)
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Darn it, another occasion I would have attended! (Epigenetics is a big piece of my interpersonal neurobiology studies).
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rekre8
User: rekre8
Date: 2011-02-01 16:09 (UTC)
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Jay is turning into a SciPub groupie. :-)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-01 18:10 (UTC)
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Whose fault is that, hmm?
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2011-02-01 18:03 (UTC)
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I'd love to hear (read) some conversation about epigenetics. I've read about it some and chatted with friends about it -- but is it accepted scientific theory? Jay, what do you think about it?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-01 18:10 (UTC)
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I think this is still largely hypothesis rather than theory. As the speaker characterized it, we have phenomenology but we don't yet have causal mechanism. There are some pretty compelling studies she referenced, including the Swedish grandson study and work with agouti rats. The whole concept of sex-linked genetic imprinting was real, real strange to me, too.

But it made sense at my level of comprehension, and fit with what I can still remember of molecular biology.
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emmainfiniti
User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-02-02 01:41 (UTC)
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I am curious -
What is the best and worst of your personal life now?
What are the qualities you mos admire/ cause the most concern with the_child?
Do you ever feel dumb when you are learning about obscure science things at the pub? If so, what do you do to cope?


mmmm...pimento cheese sandwich...I miss sandwiches (& pizza, & pasta, etc.).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-02 04:42 (UTC)
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Hi --

What is the best and worst of your personal life now?

Best? Being a writer and a dad. And all that goes with it. (And one or two other things that don't bear discussing on a public blog...) Worst? Adjusting to the changes in my relationship status and emotional landscape.

What are the qualities you most admire/ cause the most concern with the_child?

Her intensity. She's a pretty amazing kid, with a very powerful character. She'll be a formidable woman some day, but it makes her a challenging teen.

Do you ever feel dumb when you are learning about obscure science things at the pub? If so, what do you do to cope?

Nah. I go to those things knowing less than I know when I leave. That's the point. Why would I feel dumb? :D
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